New York’s Gun Laws and Competitive Shooting

by Charles C. W. Cooke

I’m hearing complaints that New York’s new gun laws are likely to cause problems for competitive shooting and gun clubs. If any Corner readers have any information about this that they’d like to share, then please send me an e-mail.

In the meantime, a warning from England. This story surfaced in 2005:

The government has been urged to relax gun laws which make it illegal for Britain’s top pistol shooters to train in England, Scotland and Wales.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke has given special permission for pistol events to be staged at the London 2012 Olympics.

But British team members face having to do all their 2012 preparations abroad.

“It would be fantastic if they were given the ability to compete on a level playing field,” said British shooting’s performance chief John Leighton-Dyson.

“I would like to think reasonable people will be able to have reasonable discussions and come to reasonable conclusions about this.”

 We must be allowed to train on the same level as other athletes if we’re to have a reasonable chance of competing effectively British shooting’s performance director John Leighton-DysonLaws banning most types of handguns were introduced after gun enthusiast Thomas Hamilton killed 16 schoolchildren and their teacher at Dunblane Primary School in March 1996.

As a result, British shooters who compete in the rapid fire, 50m pistol men and 25m pistol women Olympic events can only train in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

For the 2012 Olympics, the government made a temporary exception for members of an “Elite Cartridge Pistol Squad” to train within England and Wales. Of course in order to make the squad, you had to spend years training abroad. The exception has now been lifted.

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